Lunch box tips for your little one

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Keeping your kids' lunch exciting yet healthy is very important. We spoke with Dietician Lara De Santana on easy ways to make a healthy balanced lunch for your child. 

Here are Lara’s top lunch box tips: 

• Include fresh fruit and crunchy vegetable crudités for easy to reach snack options, like an apple or carrot sticks, or whichever their favourite is.

• Swap your ordinary bread, either for a low GI white or brown because they are nutrient dense.

• Pack a small tub of yoghurt, or cheese slices for calcium.

• Try food pairing, like cherry tomatoes with chicken breast cubes.

• Oat crunchies are delicious, plus you can make them yourself.

• Boiled eggs, lean biltong and cold meat slices are easy to pack and are a good source of satisfying protein.

• Use up last night’s leftovers, rather than just throwing together another sandwich. For instance if you have chicken breast left over you can use that for a chicken and mayo sandwich.

• Pack water, not sugar sweetened juice, or dilute 100% fruit juice in an appropriate sized bottle.

Keep these tips in mind as you get into a new week and hopefully you feel inspired on new ways to make a yummy lunch.

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